Retiring my Rings


I was blessed with relatively long and slender fingers. Okay, really long fingers, like piano playing fingers. My husband calls them spider hands, which might just be because he has vienna sausages for fingers. My ring size is pretty small (we had to have my engagement ring seriously resized to accommodate them) and no one else can ever put my rings on. But when my hands get the slightest bit warm, they swell. And that’s when not pregnant. So you can imagine what’s happening now.

With my uterus being increasingly irritable, I’ve upped my water intake considerably. And it turns out 90-100 ounces of water a day will also make my hands swell. And this swelling has meant that the time has finally come to retire my rings. The problem is, that the last time I took them off for more than a few minutes, they nearly got stolen, and now I don’t know what to do.

My husband and I were fortunate enough to honeymoon in Hawaii, and after a friend of ours lost her engagement ring in the ocean, we decided that whenever we were going in the water, we’d put our rings in a bag in our hotel room to keep them safe. On the last morning of our honeymoon, we went for one final snorkeling adventure and like half the days had forgotten to put our rings back on afterwards. As we loaded our suitcases into the car to head to lunch and then the airport, I remembered, grabbed our rings out of our bag and we put them on.

Less than an hour later, that bag was stolen out of our rental car.

So you can maybe imagine why the idea of taking my rings off and putting them somewhere is scary to me. I have put them on my necklace a few times in the past few weeks, but the chain I’m wearing now is pretty cheap and I fear that it’ll break and my beautiful and treasured rings will be lost. I live in a relatively safe area, but the idea of leaving them in my apartment all day scares me too.

I know that keeping them on my fingers is a recipe for disaster and for having them cut off later, but the risk of losing or having them stolen seems almost as scary. I’m torn on which is less smart at this stage. I want them safe more than anything, I just don’t know the best way to go about it.

What did you do with your wedding rings when they got too snug?